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Ness, John

John Ness was born at Oslo, Norway, 1872 and died at Calgary, in 1937. He was married to Jennie McBain, who was born in Eastern Canada and died at Calgary, in 1926. John came from Norway as a young man with his family to Eau Claire, Wis. and came to Calgary in 1886 when Eau Claire Lumber Co. moved to Calgary from Eau Claire. He was employed as a Sawyer with the Company. John homesteaded the S.E. 1/4 30-22-28 and later bought the NE 1/4 at Shepard, Alberta.

Ness, Ole

Ole Ness was born at Oslo, Norway, October 7, 1870 and died at Calgary, July 9, 1913. He came to Calgary in 1886 with Eau Claire Lumber. Ole operated a sawmill west of Caroline in the early 1900's and was killed in an accident at the mill. He was a single man. He and his brother, John Ness, were brothers-in-law of Conrad Anderson at Shepard.

Nelson, Andrew

Mr. Nelson came to Calgary in 1890. He was an employee of C.P.R. in the Irrigation Department.

Nelson, John A.

Mr. Nelson came to Cardston in 1890. John was born in 1834 at Farmington, Utah. Mr. and Mrs. Nelson raised a family of twelve children.

Neidig, Andrew and Elizabeth

Born in Germany, May 18, 1866, Andrew Neidig came to Lethbridge July 15, 1888, with his father, John A. Neidig. Andrew was a Carpenter for Alberta Railway and Coal Company. Married Elizabeth 1889, in Lethbridge. She was born June 21, 1865 in Schleisheim, Germany. She came to Canada in 1876, to New Hamburg, Ontario, and thirteen years later moved to Lethbridge. They had three daughters: Mrs. George Mitchell, Mrs. E.A. Powell, and one died as a child.

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Nevitt, Richard Barrington

Richard Nevitt was born at Savannah, Georgia in 1850 and died at Toronto, Ontario in 1928. He married Elizabeth Eleanor Beaty in 1878. They had five children. In 1865 he enrolled at Bishop's college school at Lennoxville, Quebec where he remained for three years. He obtained his matriculation at Trinity college in 1868 and enrolled at University of Toronto and the Trinity Medical school. Richard was appointed Assistant Surgeon of the NWMP at a salary of $1,000.00 a year. He accompanied the NWMP on their march west arriving at Fort Macleod, October 13, 1874. Dr. Nevitt drew and painted the scenery as well as the people he met. In 1877 he was at Fort Walsh where he witnessed an historic meeting between Insp. A.G. Irvine and Sitting Bull. During the proceedings he drew the only actual illustration that was ever made of this event. His paintings were the only pictorial representation of several historical events. All are unique to the history of Western Canada. Dr. Nevitt received his discharge in 1878 and returned to Toronto to practice medicine.

Newbolt, Robert W.

Robert died January 16, 1957 at Calgary, Alberta. He worked at the M.C.C. Ranch at Namaka, then ranched in the Indus, area. He came to Shepard 1883.

Niblock, John

John was born 1849 at Scarborough, Ontario and died 1914 at Victoria B.C. His first wife was Isabella Slater who was born in 1851 in Ontario and died in 1890 at Medicine Hat. They were married March 7, 1871. His second wife was Clare Attwood who was born at St. Paul, Minnesota USA and died in 1943 at Burlingame, California. They were married March30, 1892 at St. Paul, Minn. There were seven children from the first marriage; four sons died in infancy. John was a CPR employee from 1880-1909. Supt. at Medicine Hat 1886-1900; Calgary, 1900- 1909. He organized the horticultural society in Calgary. Also was the first president of Children's Aid Society and a director of the Y.M.C.A.

Nicholson, George

George Nicholson came to Medicine Hat in 1888, then was a carpenter working in Ogden in later years.

Nicholson, Joseph

Mr. Nicholson came to Calgary in 1886. In later years he was employed by the street railway.

Nicholson, Joshua

Joshua Nicholson was born May 4, 1859 at Legburthwaite, England, and died in March 1937 at Calgary. He was married in England on December 16, 1882 to Jane Ann Graham, who was born December 22, 1862 in England and died January 11, 1958 in Calgary. They had twelve children. He came to Medicine Hat 1886.

Niddrie, Rev. John W.

Rev. Niddrie was born September 24, 1863 at Oban, Scotland and died May 4, 1940 at Berens River, Manitoba. He came to Morley 1889.

Niddrie, William

William was born September 18, 1851 in Oban, Scotland and died January 21, 1921 at Olds, Alberta. He was married in England on April 30, 1883 to Hannah Dunning who was born November 5, 1860 and died June 16, 1909 at Olds, Alberta. They had a family of five children. They came to Morley 1890.

Nimmons, William

William was born December 19, 1825, Carlyle, England and died October 31, 1920 at Calgary. He was married in 1883 in England to Isabella Burden who was born March 18, 1851 at Edinburgh, Scotland and died March 18, 1936 at Calgary. They had five children. William purchased the North 1/2 of section 8, Bankview and Knob Hill districts now. It was purchased in 1885 from the Hudson Bay Co.; he also had greenhouses on what is now 14 Street and 17 Avenue S.W.

Niven, Robert

Robert was born in 1837 at Kilwinning, Scotland and died in 1897. He was married in Scotland in 1859 to Anne Hopkin who was born in 1842 and died in 1931. Robert and son traveled by C.P.R. to Dunmore taking the coal co. railroad to the end of construction, about 20 miles east of Lethbridge taking the horse and buggy the rest of the way to Lethbridge in 1886. The rest of the family arrived by train July 3, 1886. Robert was a machinist - brought from Nova Scotia to install the machinery for the first mine and to install the machinery to handle the coal cars on the incline. Robert Junior preceded his father, coming to the Lethbridge area in 1885.

Noble, Robert

Robert was born August 3, 1859 at Mulmer, Ontario and died May 25, 1938 at Olds, Alberta. He was married in Ontario, October 22, 1884 to Laura Clarke, who was born December 7, 1865 at Meaford, Ontario and died January 18, 1934 at Edmonton, Alberta. They had a family of four children. They arrived in Calgary, spring of 1890.

Noel, Joseph

Mr. and Mrs. Noel came to Lethbridge in 1885. Mr. Noel operated the first brewery in Coalbanks, located on the river flats.

Nolan, John August

John was born January 13, 1854 at Gothenburg, Sweden and died May 19, 1924 at Calgary, Alberta. He was married in Ontario on May 19, 1889 to Wilhelmina Gordon Scott, who was born January 4, 1864 at Richmond, Ontario and died November 13, 1931 at Calgary. They had a family of three children. John was a retired merchant. Calgary, 1883

Nolan, Patrick James

Patrick was born on March 17, 1864 at Limerick, Ireland and died on February 11, 1913 at Calgary. He was married at Calgary on April 19, 1892 to Mary Elizabeth Lee who was born in Ontario in 1870 and died at Victoria, B.C. in 1963. They had one son. Patrick was called to the Irish Bar in 1885, then came to Canada arriving in Calgary in 1889. He was appointed Kings Council in 1907 and elected to the Senate of the University of Alberta in 1908. Mr. Nolan was a gold medallist in Oratory at both Limerick and Trinity Colleges. He was recognized as the best criminal lawyer practicing in the Province of Alberta.

Norish, John D.

John was born at Rawden, Quebec in 1855 and died in 1917 at Victoria, B.C. He was married at Calgary, on July 12, 1890 to Frances Marion Dean, who was born in 1856 in England and died in 1935 at Victoria, B.C. They had a family of three children. John was a member of the Fort Macleod first detachment of the NWMP in 1874.

North, John W.

Mr. North came to Calgary in 1886.

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